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The lion may be the king of African animals, but the gazelle can dazzle you with its speed and grace. The giraffe's majestic height has no match, and one can only imagine the view it has of the plains and waterways of its native land. Still, there's no denying that the size of the elephants, rhinos and hippopotamuses is awe-inspiring.These are the amazing animals of...more
People who want to learn the sign language alphabet that's part of American Sign Language should be prepared for some surprises. Many letters have obvious hand movements that express the look of a letter - the sign for "V" is also commonly known as the peace sign or a signal for victory, while the "W" is made with the three middle fingers as they...more
Most people take superstitions for granted, but they're often passed down from generation to generation without question. Where did these common sense-defying rules come from in the first place, though? Here's the history of four popular superstitions. Breaking a mirror According to NeatORama.com, the Romans were the inventors of mirrors. They believed that...more
What would you say to a claim that George Washington was actually not the first president of the United States?Certain facts about George Washington have come to light, raising the question of whether he is actually the father of our country or just a distant relative.According to CNN and NPR News, some historians are convinced that Washington was really not the first U.S....more
Winston Churchill is revered as the British prime minister who helped bring down the Nazi regime, facilitating a victory for Allied forces in World War II. His speeches inspired many, rousing crowds with his witty sayings on a number of topics. Winston Churchill quotes and facts shed light on the statesman's principles and politics. Hopefully these quotes have...more
When it comes finding the best places to live, there are a variety of factors for people to consider. Much of the determination comes down to people's personal interests and requirements. Some may prefer a community with a small population and a focus on the arts, history and culture, while others may favor a metropolitan feel with modern infrastructure and a strong...more
For many types of speeches, one of the speaker's main objectives is to persuade audience members to believe something or act a certain way. This is true of political speeches, sales presentations, motivational speeches, as well as presentations in which persuasion is less obvious, such as a school report or budget presentation. A speaker's ability to convince the...more
As someone who wasn't raised in a burgeoning age of technology, you may feel like your little ones are light years ahead of you - not just in their ability to pick up on the newest gadgets, but how they converse. Internet lingo plays a large role in our culture's communication, and it's useful for getting your (text) message across efficiently and effectively. Here are a...more
Santa Claus has hundreds of movies about him, the Easter Bunny is featured in commercials and books every year, but relatively little is known about the tooth fairy. Everyone knows that the tooth fairy will gladly exchange money for a child's baby teeth, but how did this legend first come about? You may be surprised to find out that the tooth fairy's historical roots...more
According to National Geographic, polar bears inhabit some of the coldest climates on Earth, living mostly on the Arctic ice sheets and can be found in Russia, Greenland, Norway and Alaska. The polar bear is the largest species of bear, growing to up to 1,500 pounds or more and is believed to have derived from Alaskan grizzlies and Eastern Russian bears who lived...more